Kerry Bell, 48, a homeless man in Los Angeles, California, United States has been arrested. He is accused of attacking Sandra Shells, 70, who had been working as a nurse at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles since 1983.
On January 13, 2022, Shells was standing near East Cesar Chavez Avenue and North Vignes Street, half a mile away from the Union Station in Los Angeles, waiting to catch a bus to her job at LAC+USC Medical Center. At around 5:15 a.m., Bell allegedly punched her in the head.
Because of the unprovoked attack, Shells fell to the ground and suffered a fractured skull. She was rushed to the LAC+USC Medical Center to undergo brain surgery, the New York Post reported.
At around 6:45 a.m., Bell was found sleeping not far from the Union Station and was arrested without incident. He was charged with attempted murder and his bail was set at $2 million.
Bell’s mugshots have yet to be released. He has one prior arrest in Los Angeles and several prior arrests in other states, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
“Metro is appalled upon hearing of this incident,” the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority said in a statement obtained by the Los Angeles Times. “Metro’s highest concern is the safety of our customers and along with our law enforcement partners, we have zero tolerance for crimes committed against our customers. Perpetrators will be aggressively investigated and prosecuted to the greatest extent of the law.”
On January 16, 2022, the LAC+USC Medical Center confirmed that Shells succumbed to her injuries. The hospital said she will always be remembered as “a kind, compassionate and giving nurse” with a “helpful and thoughtful nature.”